The UCF game broke attendance records at FIU Stadium with a crowd of 20,205. This record was again broken two weeks later at the FIU Homecoming game versus Duke University on October 1, 2011, with a crowd of 22,628. Additionally, the Goodyear Blimp made its first appearance at FIU Stadium, flying over the stadium throughout the Duke homecoming game. The iconic Miami Tower in Downtown Miami was lit in blue and gold throughout the week of September 26, 2011 to October 1, 2011 in honor of FIU's homecoming.
The Golden Panthers, going bowling for the second year in a row, are led by sophomore running back Kedrick Rhodes with 1,121 rushing yards in a season, ranks second in school history. Rhodes has also caught 26 passes for 248 yards in the passing game.